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Art Exhibit Features Murals Created By N.H. Children And Incarcerated Parents

An art exhibit featuring murals created by children and their imprisoned parents is on display in Concord this month.   

One of nine life-size murals on display at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate shows a father and daughter floating through space.

The artist is 15-year-old Jai-Lynn of Concord, whose dad is in prison.

“We were supposed to come up with a fun day with dad and I thought of like going out to space and how fun that would be.”

They worked on it together during a summer camp last year.

This is the second year the Department of Corrections has organized the program, but this was first time female inmates took part.

It’s also the first time the work has been displayed publicly.

Kristina Toth runs the program and says it can be just as beneficial for children as it is for parents.

“You know, they love their parent no matter what. They want their parent safe,” Toth says. “So when they’re coming to the camp, in the prison part, they get to see that and know dad is safe, that mom is safe, and we’re having this fun time so it’s maybe not that bad.”

To be eligible to participate, inmates must take parent education classes and be disciplinary free for six months.

The gallery will be on display at the estate through April 24. 

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.
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